Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dontpanicbobby, Sep 7, 2016.
It gives me a unique perspective of the world.
We're not as funny.
Although the Steve Carell and "Jersey" references are pretty accurate.
I would think you're from 'merica, but there's no Boston. Are you Australian?
It was free-hand. What can I say.
There's no place like home...
So you're from Jersey?
Hey AZ, did you feel that earthquake the other day? I was sleeping in my camper in Southern Kansas when it hit and it just about turned us over.
I live next to the Union Pacific RR tracks, they literally are only 20 feet from my west property line.
My house is 300 feet east of the tracks.....
every train that goes by, makes the house rumble....
so, no, I did not notice the earthquake.
however, I do believe the dogs did, because they got nervous and started whimpering.
I got up, let them outside to play, and all seemed 'okay'.
Have only been to Boston on the one occasion. (Heck, have only been outside of my beloved California a handful of times......Why leave perfection?)
Anyway, really enjoyed Boston, left with numerous impressions, mostly positive.
Spoiler: Blah, blah.
Was there on (monkey) business, hosted by a kind, older native, at his home in Brookline. Even I could tell that was a nice neighborhood, even I could tell it was the right time of year to be there; Everything felt perfect, almost like California.
Terrific sense of history, (largely absent on this side). Wish I had a lot more time there, only got the whirlwind tour. (At 45 MPH...."Look quick, that's the USS Constitution, that's Fenway park, and over there is the.......... Now we gotta' swing by my office, in the "old" part of town".......All very cool.
Made me dizzy, so much good stuff; There wasn't enough time to visit the gritty, (truly interesting?) parts of the town / state, but I met some very interesting characters, lifelong residents.
Visiting three or four states in a morning was kinda' new.
Learning about which hills got chopped off and dumped into the water, to make which neighborhoods was interesting.
But the real take away was the confirmation of the biggest stereotype.
Fortunately, I was a passenger the whole time, but I saw lotsa' driving that left my jaw on the floor.
And not just the other guys........My kind but hot tempered, maniac host was settin' the bar pretty high.
Want to make a left hand turn two blocks up, but traffic in your direction is slow?
Hop the median, against the flow of traffic for a block and a half, and hook it left.....What's the problem? Standard operating procedure!
There are three friggin' lanes here.......why are you idiots only five cars abreast? *layonhornemoji*
In the three days I was there with him, we were involved in two traffic accidents; And one of those occurred while he was distracted on his phone; Hollering at the guy he had been in a third accident with, a week earlier.
In the short time I was there, I picked up some major attitude........(It just felt right, more than suited me).
I love you guys, but I had to decompress when I got back home. My new Boston persona, complete with accent and attitude.......Needed to be left at the border. It simply wasn't makin' it with the poor girl at check stand 3.
Or anyone else here, for that matter. : )
Boston has that effect on people if you stay more than a day. Most of the accent thing is exaggerated but "Paahk" for "Park" is darn near universal if you were born and raised here.
Edited to get the pronunciation closer - Thanks basic 101 user!
Here in the heart of PA Dutch country, if you're "Pahking the cah" You are NOT parking the car as you would be in Boston. You are poking the cow. And, just so you know, they don't like that.
Here's a little PA dutch lesson for you. Say the following with a faux German accent:
"Seville, der dago. A souse un buzzizz inaro. Nocho, dozer troux. Summit cahzin, summit doux."
Spoiler: what you have just said
Say Willy, there they go. A thousand buses in a row. No, Joe, those are trucks. Some with cows and some with ducks.
No wonder Johnny can't read.
Yeah, I wasn't being as critical as you might think; About the attitude thing.
Spoiler: More blah, blah.
(After the initial shock, and a brief adjustment), I found it kind of charming; Sort of a "Nobody beats up my brother but me.....And we do it to each other every day" kind of thing. Everybody seemed accustomed to it, nobody seemed hurt by it. I was suddenly surrounded by "real" men and women; They could all take it, and dish it out just as well.
I have some vague memory of being in a store, and deferring to another customer. I said, "I believe this gentleman was here ahead of me." And he half shook his head, half smiled, and said to the room...."Gentleman; That's rich. This one must be new to town!"
The driving thing, on the other hand was truly off-putting. I suppose on your planet, it's just like the above; Everyone understands and plays by the same rules. But as an outsider, let me just say.....YIKES.
I saw numerous instances of "gentle rubbing".......The guy in front of you isn't moving out into the intersection quite as aggressively as you would? Just nose your bumper against his and give him a little reminder, he needs a lesson in common courtesy; He's not the only one out there on the road, after all!
I'm perfectly prepared to believe that not all Bostonians are as described; I may have been exposed to a high percentage of "old school", life long residents, their deeply set habits may not be representative of how your larger population is "evolving".
If so, I say "What a tragic loss......" On those few occasions when I do travel, I want to see cultural differences, to be awash in something new and different; Just because not all of it works for me, doesn't mean it isn't terribly interesting, or that I want it bred out of you lot. Why, so that I can enjoy a more homogenized experience of the world?
This is beginning to sound like the kind of blah, blah in rootabaga's "curious cultural phenomenon" thread, but so be it. ; )
I will say, however, that I would enjoy not being mowed down as a pedestrian in the crosswalk, wherever I go. My host, our intrepid guide and pilot indicated that it was only relatively recently that many of the crosswalks had been painted, and the laws had "evolved" to give pedestrians nominal right of way. He demonstrated through both words and actions that he was not going to be giving up his "old school" ways anytime soon. (Paraphrasing) "Yah step out in front of my caah, and ya' get what ya' get.....That's just natural selection".
And just to clarify, because I is easily confused.......Is it the people there, or the cows that don't like it?
Tell you what ... come on over and poke a cow and find out for yourself.
And I've never been to Boston in the Fall....
My current thought has far less to do with Boston, but the above recalls The Muppets' delightful little romp; Also set to an old seafaring tune, this one about pirates who do everything.
Despite great affection, even I can't bring myself to link to it, for numerous reasons.
Born in Bahston.. first 2 years in Brookline, then Medfield until I graduated from Medfield High School .. Lived in Medway until moving here to Scotland in 1999.. Now a dual US/UK citizen..
Aside from "Dirty Water" by The Standells my favorite Boston song right now is "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys. We're all Irish here. Everybody. Did you know there were Colombian-Irish?
I love Boston
I always thought we're supposed to visit in the springtime...